With the close of 2017, I thought it would be fun to look back at my Top 9 Instagram posts for the year.
We received a cool wine club shipment on a recommendation from a friend – Firstleaf Wine Club. As you try the wines you rate them in their system and they curate wines for your shipments based on your taste profile. Nice wines and a great concept.
During the devastating fires in Napa and Sonoma, we decided to focus on enjoying wines from the region. We had this great Pinot Noir from Acacia Vineyard at 2014. This wine is from the Carneros region which is our particular favorite part of wine country.
We love wines from Paso Robles – the region is great for Bordeaux-style blends and we especially love the Italian varietals. This 2013 Tempranillo from Diablo Paso is really exceptional. We are planning a visit there on our next trip up!
Sticking to wines from Paso – another favorite is Turley Wine Cellars. We had been given a bottle of Zin as a gift and LOVED it. During a recent trip back from Nor Cal we stopped at the winery for a visit. Great winery with a rich history in the region. We fell in love with every wine we tried. This 2014 is from their Presenti vineyard.
We are fans of Rodney Strong Vineyards – can’t go wrong with their Cab from Sonoma. Like to cook? Check out their website for some incredible recipes along with recommendations for wines to pair with each dish.
A favorite go-to wine for us is anything from Raymond Vineyards. This 2016 cab called The Inaugural was particularly good. It, of course, tasted even better with a homemade Italian pie (AKA pizza)! And, Raymond Vineyards is another cool story – deep, rich tradition in Napa – check it out.
Some friends introduced us to Paul Hobbs wines and Crossbarn Winery. A winemaker in Sonoma we have now had the opportunity to try a couple of his wines. We particularly loved this 2014 Pinot Noir. The name Crossbarn comes from a 150-year-old family farm in upstate New York.
Another go-to wine for us is Louis M Martini cab. I was fortunate enough to be the winner of a contest they held recently and was the recipient of a STUNNING set of Louis M Martini Riedel Cabernet stems. I didn’t realize how much difference a stem like this would make. We did a side-by-side comparison with some other nice stems we have and it was a noticeable difference!
Educated Guess from Roots Run Deep. This 2010 Napa Cab was fantastic and surprisingly under $20! I love the cool label – it is winemaking formulas that occur in the winemaking process. Check out the story of the wine on their site.
Can’t wait to see what 2018 Top 9 look like!